Do you need to take the Piccadilly line to work and would therefore like to base where you live around using this particular tube line. Well, this article is perfect for you then, as we’re profiling 5 residential areas of London with stations on the Piccadilly line, as part of our ‘where to live in London’ series of articles.
The Piccadilly line serves 53 stations on 4 different branch lines – the Cockfosters branch, the Heathrow branch, the Uxbridge branch and the Hounslow/Uxbridge extension.
Southgate can be found in North London – as it’s so far out of Central London, it almost feels like a separate town. When you exit Southgate station, a glance down the high street shows you that there are a decent amount of facilities, high street chains and quite a few restaurants available. Southgate is located near to Trent Country Park (nearest stations Oakwood or Cockfosters which are the next 2 stations along the line) which is in the grounds of a former mansion and has a golf course, woodland, farmland and an equestrian centre. If you don’t mind being a little out of the action, then consider living in Southgate.
Located a little further into London is Wood Green. wood Green is a little rougher than Soughgate but is not without it’s positives. First of all shopping is easy in Wood Green. The high street has a great range of your favourite chains including some Topman, HMV, H&M, Boots, Primark, TK Maxx etc. It also has a good cinema, so you don’t need to trek into town to watch a movie. You won’t be wanting to drink here though – the selection of pubs is not good. But instead you can travel a short distance to either Crouch End (walk or a bus ride) or Muswell Hill (definitely a bus ride) where the selection of pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and late-night entertainment is excellent and feels a lot safer than Wood Green. Having said that, if you’re into your curries, then please consider checking out Jashan restaurant on Turnpike Lane, which is truly excellent. For more information about living in Wood Green, please read our full area guide.
Heading out to West London now, Hammersmith is a busy town situated on the river. It contains both the Hammersmith Apollo (google free tickets for Live at the Apollo if you want to see some excellent free comedy)and ‘The Broadway’ shopping centre which doesn’t actually have the greatest selection of shops available – make the short journey to Westfield London for a much grander shopping experience. In terms of pubs, there are some good options along the river. Hammersmith is popular with both antipodeans and the Polish communities. To find out more about living in Hammersmith, please view our Hammersmith area guide.
Ealing is a pretty, leafy suburban town on the outskirts of West London. It’s station on the Piccadilly line is called Ealing Common (which is also on the District line). Ealing has all the local amenities that you need, is a quick journey into town from 1 of it’s 4 tube stations and has a nice, safe feel to the whole area. Ealing has lovely parks, a good cross-section of high street shops and local independents such as the bakers, butchers and green grocers found on Pitshanger Lane. There are also some good pubs in the area. Ealing really has a lot going for it, so if you fancy living in Ealing, then please view our full area guide.
Acton is also located in West London – is it fair to say that Acton is for people who can’t afford to live in Ealing or Chiswick? Probably not, but it’s true! New Zealanders in London are also represented strongly in the area of Acton. Acton is a huge area and encompasses people from all classes of society and a sliding scale of housing to cater for all their needs. One major plus point to living in Acton, is the huge Gunnersbury Park which includes loads of sporting facilities such as football and rugby pitches, a cricket square, tennis courts, golf courses, bowling greens and an athletics track. To find out more about living in Acton, please read our full Acton area guide.
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